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Review of Blood and Ice by Robert Masello

by - October 18, 2010

In this haunting and suspenseful thriller, Robert Masello delivers an adventure that spans continents and centuries—a spellbinding story that ranges from Victorian England to a remote antarctic research station, where an ancient glacier yields a shocking prize it has held captive for nearly two hundred years….
Journalist Michael Wilde—his world recently shattered by tragedy—hopes that a monthlong assignment to the South Pole will give him a new lease on life. Here, in the most inhospitable place on earth, he is simply looking to find solace . . . until, on a routine dive in to the polar sea, he unexpectedly finds something else entirely: a young man and woman, bound with chains and sealed forever in a block of ice. Beside them a chest filled with a strange, and sinister, cargo.

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This book is one of those books where the Author has a brilliant idea and then ruins it by writing a half-assed ending. It starts brilliantly by telling you how Sinclair and Eleanor end up in the ice block, then in the next chapter switches to the present day, with Michael as the main character. The book continues to do the switching each chapter so you learn about Sinclair and Eleanor's life in the past, then Michael's life in the present. Then it slows down three quarters of the way through and finishes with a weak ending.I would have given this book 4 stars but every so often Robert Masello launches into extreme detail about the horrible ways animals kill each other and how humans kill animals. There seems to be no need for it either, it was kind of like he just felt like throwing it in the mix. Then he decides to throw in a leg amputation. Why? Guess he felt like it. I will say this is without anaesthetic so if you have a weak stomach it's probably not advisable to read that part.


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